The Unavailability of Preventive Care for Childrenduring the COVID-19Pandemic and Parental Mental Health

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Kien Le


The outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) causing millions of people
to be infected has posed major public health and governance challenges. This study evaluates the
extent to which the unavailability of preventive care services for children due to the pandemic
affects parentalpsychological wellbeing. We find that parentshaving no access to preventive care
servicesfor their children due to the pandemic are 6.55, 5.04, 3.90, and 3.85 percentage points
more likely to feel anxious, worried, displeased, and depressed every day. The study calls for the
expansion of preventive care services for childrenduring the pandemic, especially for
disproportionately affected communities.

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